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Friday 27 April 2018

'Two gloves' holding on

Tommy 'Two Gloves' Gainey kept his hopes of a fairytale first victory on the US PGA Tour alive with yesterday's fighting third-round 68 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in Scottsdale.

An off-colour Phil Mickelson lay seven shots off the pace after a disappointing level-par 71 left him on 10-under entering the final round at this frost-delayed event, which will be concluded today.

Yet Gainey (35), who wears two black gloves after playing baseball during his formative years in South Carolina, remained the man of the moment as he kept ahead, on 17-under, of Mark Wilson at the top of the leaderboard.

Elsewhere, an Australian Open that promised so much for Rebecca Coakley ended in disappointment as a closing two-over 75 left her in a tie for 25th place on even par.

Coakley's putting deteriorated -- 34, 30 and 32 putts in her final three rounds after Thursday's 25 -- but she still showed laudable resolve in the final round. A double-bogey seven at two, followed by bogeys at three and seven, sent her through the turn in 40, yet she came home in 35.

Taiwan's Yani Tseng retained her title, finishing seven clear on 16-under-par after her 71. Galway-born Alison Walshe tied 45th on five-over after a closing 77.

Irish Independent

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